Announcing our 2016 EcoCity Edmonton Grantees!
Last month, the City of Edmonton and Alberta Ecotrust partnered to deliver $127,500 worth of environmental grants for projects across the city that will help support energy literate citizens and contribute greatly to realizing Edmonton’s environmental vision of a low carbon future. Below is a brief overview of the projects that received funding. For more information and to see if your project is eligible for an EcoCity Edmonton Grant please visit our website at https://www.albertaecotrust.com/ecocityedmonton/
Project: Transforming Energy Consumption at Kate Chegwin
Grantee: Kate Chegwin Junior High School
Grant Type: Energy Acceleration Grant
Kate Chegwin Junior High school is working to transform the learners of today into the leaders of tomorrow. By helping students and community members gain a better understanding of energy efficiency, consumption and production they will become more aware of what sustainable living is and how to achieve it.
There are several different aspects to this exciting project. First and foremost is the installation of a solar PV system that is intended to offset the electricity that is consumed by the schools gardening projects. Students will also perform classroom energy audits which will equip them with the skills to then take the audit kits home and perform their own house audit. Next, students will have the opportunity to go on field trips to NAIT in order to learn more about possible career pathways in the alternative energy industry. The final piece of the project will see the school bring together the community and leading alternative energy groups for information sessions and a chance to learn how community members can put solar panels on their own roofs
Project: Evansdale Community League hall 12.5 kW solar PV system
Grantee: Evansdale Community League
Type: Energy Acceleration Grant
Aligning with the City of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy, this project will see the Evansdale Community League serve as a model for sustainability. Building off of Phase 1 of this project an additional install of 12.5kW of solar energy on the hall will see it become the first net-zero energy community league in Edmonton. By hosting public events and showcasing the project to the broader Edmonton community the Evansdale Community League hopes to inspire others to get involved with the energy transition and their own projects.
Project: Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market 17 kW solar PV system
Grantee: Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market Society
Type: Energy Acceleration Grant
With between 10,000 and 20,000 visitors per week, the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market has a fantastic opportunity to not only offset significant emissions by installing a solar array, but to also demonstrate to a large audience the benefits and applicability of solar energy in Edmonton. The planned install of 17kW of solar energy will reduce grid-sourced electrical energy by 14,000 kWh in the first year resulting in a reduction of 9 tonnes of GHG emissions! These exciting reductions will be shared via information signs, a TV screen showing real-time and monthly PV system performance, savings and key energy messages, two info booths per year at the market, a display on the web site, info sheets, PV system public tours, and an annual Eco-Solar Home Tour.
Project: NAIT Alternative Energy Community Engagement Program
Type: Community Mobilization Grant
As Edmonton and Alberta move towards greener futures, community engagement is vital to wider acceptance and adoption of clean energy technologies. NAIT’s Alternative Energy Technology program is one-of-a-kind in western Canada and their laboratory contains teaching models for each of the major renewable technologies commonly deployed in the region. Such highly specialized educational programming has resulted in engagement activities that see approximately 900 different participants on lab tours each year.
It’s anticipated that the cultural acceptance of renewable energy solutions will be improved by the layered rollout of learning opportunities that engage Albertans at various levels such as elementary, senior high, general public, intermediate training and high level training. With support from the EcoCity Edmonton grant the NAIT Alternative Energy Technology staff aim to interact with 1800 new people in the upcoming year with tour curriculum that is tailored to support the education/interest level of each different audience.